Browsed by
Month: September 2010

Current and Forthcoming Attractions:
Book Trailers, Book Covers

Current and Forthcoming Attractions:
Book Trailers, Book Covers

Until recently an author’s description was the only way a reader could visualize a main character or novel’s setting. But — through the talented use of video and high tech graphics — book trailers and even book covers are tempting us with a novel’s storyline. The following are a mere handful of current and forthcoming books worthy of your attention. * * * * *

Guest Stacey Ballis on What a Character!

Guest Stacey Ballis on What a Character!

[Stacey Ballis (Good Enough to Eat, The Spinster Sisters, Room for Improvement, the rest in Bibliography) is known for her strong, believable characters — including a character strong and realistic enough to change a reader’s life (see Fan Mail: An Author’s Most Memorable Reward, II). In today’s guest post, the author details the questions she asks when creating those true-to-life characters.] What a Character! As an author, I never get tired of hearing from my readers…those little e-mails or tweets…

Read More Read More

Karen McQuestion and A Scattered Life

Karen McQuestion and A Scattered Life

Although much has been written about Karen McQuestion’s extraordinary journey to publishing success (including Guest Karen McQuestion on Keeping the Faith), the most important story remains between the covers of her debut novel, A Scattered Life. After all that was the Kindle book optioned for film, adored by ebook readers, and put Karen — not only on the literary map — but in The Wall Street Journal as well. So what’s it all about? Simply put, the novel’s story is…

Read More Read More

Fan Mail: An Author’s
Most Memorable Reward, II

Fan Mail: An Author’s
Most Memorable Reward, II

Last month’s post on how much fan mail meant to authors surprised some visitors, while inspiring others to finally write their own personal messages. The written word is powerful in expressing heartfelt gratitude and here are more author responses to memorably touching fan mail: ~Tanya Egan Gibson (How to Buy a Love of Reading): “A man wrote to say that my depiction of alcohol and drug addiction (in a teenage character, Hunter Cay) felt very real. He’d finished my novel…

Read More Read More

The Revealing of Stacey Ballis

The Revealing of Stacey Ballis

Stacey Ballis (The Spinster Sisters, Room for Improvement, the rest in Bibliography), described as “wickedly funny and brutally honest,” celebrated the release of her most recent novel, Good Enough to Eat, a few weeks ago. Another book for the “foodie” in you, this story offers a terrific twist along with 40 healthy recipes. From the book’s front cover comes this two sentence descriptive tease: She learned how to eat right. Living right is the hard part. And this praise: “Like…

Read More Read More

Guest Karen McQuestion on Keeping the Faith

Guest Karen McQuestion on Keeping the Faith

[Karen McQuestion (A Scattered Life, Easily Amused releasing today, and Celia and the Fairies for ages 7 – 11 coming November 2, 2010) believed she was born to write and write she did, novel after novel for almost ten years. The only problem was they weren’t being published. In today’s guest post, the author describes what happened in her literary version of, “If you build it, they will come.”] Keeping the Faith I didn’t set out to become a self-publishing…

Read More Read More

Jenny Nelson and Georgia’s Kitchen

Canadian amoxil

According to Jenny Nelson, the best advice she ever received on writing a novel was, “to write the book I wanted to read.” It took years to complete but when the author debuted with Georgia’s Kitchen on August 3, 2010, she had told a story that also appealed to countless readers. The proof: Five star reviews at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders! Ah reviews, the author’s main character Georgia Gray knows them well. From the novel’s title one would…

Canadian amoxil

Current and Coming Attractions

Current and Coming Attractions

Although The Divining Wand authors have been busy writing, publishing, and keeping TBR books piled high, it’s only natural to wonder what’s next for our favorite writers. And what follows is a tasty sampling to whet your reading appetite. * * * * * As of today, Thursday, September 16, 2010, Eileen Cook (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA, releasing in paperback September 21, 2010, The Education of Hailey Kendrick YA coming January 4,…

Read More Read More

The Revealing of Karen McQuestion

Ampicillin

Karen McQuestion (A Scattered Life, Easily Amused coming September 21, 2010, and Celia and the Fairies for ages 7 – 11 coming November 2, 2010) proclaims to be “the luckiest writer in the world.” Why? Because her dream(s) of being published are coming true…one book following the other. The author explains: “After years of trying to get published traditionally, I self-published my books on Amazon’s Kindle in 2009. Sales were great, and as a result, I now have five books…

Ampicillin